Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The 9th Annual Greek Roadshow in London opens today for 3 days (17-19.09). Organised by the Athens Exchange, this year’s edition features dozens of firms and businesses.

In addition, Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis will speak on the course of the Greek economy and answer foreign analysts’ questions on September 18.

Many Athens-listed enterprises are participating in the London event, yet the focus of the meetings will be in the banking sector, as it will be just a month before the results of the European stress tests come out. Some 900 meetings between Greek companies and foreign funds have already been arranged; big foreign investors and investment advisers from Central Europe and the US will also be attending.

Greece supports a just and viable solution on the Cyprus issue based on resolutions by the United Nations Security Council and the European acquis, Foreign Ministry spokesman Konstantinos Koutras said yesterday (16.09). 

Responding to statements by Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu from the occupied part of Cyprus, Koutras said, "Within the framework of international law, Greece supports the Good Offices Mission of the UN Secretary General and all of the initiatives of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, aimed at achieving a just and viable solution to the Cyprus issue, based on the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and the European acquis."

The results of a relatively new project for the initial reception of irregular migrants, who arrive at Greece’s entry points, was presented by the Ministry of Public Order and Citizens’ Protection on September 15.

The tool, which is operational since July 2013, is called Mobile Initial Reception Units. Their mission is to provide irregular migrants entering Greece with basic assistance, medical and psychological help, as well as notifying them about their rights and providing them with clothes and toiletries. They are also able to notify health officials if further medical treatment is required. Each unit accommodates 8 to 10 people.

The goal is to ensure that those, like Syrians, who are eligible to international protection, will receive it. Economic migrants are notified that under the existing legislation, they are not allowed to stay on European ground and are offered the alternative of participating iν International Organization for Migration voluntary repatriation programmes.

According to official figures, from November 2013 until August 2014, a total of 4,916 people entered the initial reception procedure (4,098 men and 818 women). Of them, only 16 have requested to be granted asylum. A total of 2,099 are from Afghanistan, 1,596 from Syria, followed by Somalia and Eritrea.

The 5th Athens Bike Festival, the largest bike event in Greece, will open its gates on September 19 and will run through September 21. This year, the City of Athens participates with the rest of the EU in celebrating European Mobility Week, the focal theme of which is Our streets, our choice; its aim is to emphasize the need to re-evaluate the way we use the urban spaces.

Many parallel events will be held during this big celebration. Visitors will have the chance to see many bikes, as all the cycling companies will showcase their bikes and accessories. They will further discover the business side of cycling, through the Bicycle, a wheel of growth event. Finally visitors will have the chance to admire old, classic bikes, at the 1st Exhibition of Old Bicycles.
  • North- South Bicycle Lane
At an event hosted by the City of Athens to mark European Mobility Week, on September 16, Environment Minister Yiannis Maniatis announced that a bicycle lane spanning 27 kilometers from the northern suburb of Kifissia to Faliro in southern Athens will be ready by the end of 2015. Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis pledged to make efforts to find space for the creation of bike stands.

Aegina’s annual Fistiki Festival returns on September 18-21 to celebrate the island’s trademark product, the renowned PDO pistachio (fisitiki). As every year, the festival will combine a commercial exhibition with various cultural events. 

The pistachio fair, set up along the splendid port promenade, will feature 60 kiosks offering pistachio and pistachio-based products. This year’s cultural programme, themed under the motto "Earth, Light, Taste, Culture," features music, lectures, theater, plays, along with guided tours to the island’s museums and sites, running races, seminars on the making of traditional hand-woven kopaneli laces and much more.